Friday, July 8, 2011

Race to where?: Standardized testing for preschoolers

Grading Corbett's education ideas

First-year governor succeeds on big-money cost savings but misses on smaller 'reforms.'

BY STEVE ESACK, Of The Morning Call, 10:56 p.m. EDT, July 6, 2011
Four months ago in a frozen state capital, Gov. Tom Corbett presented his vision of public education.

Save Our Schools March (July 30th) & National Call to Action!
July 28-31, 2011 in Washington, D.C. and around the country
We're putting the Public back in public schools!

Who influences education in America? Can anyone?

Silicon Valley Education Foundation By Peter Schrag Posted on 7/6/11
John Merrow, the respected reporter and producer of education pieces for the PBS NewsHour and other documentaries, recently "speculated [as he put it] about the most influential person in American education."

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 07/06/2011

Race to the Top: Standardized testing for preschoolers

Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog By Valerie Strauss
On January 17, 2003, The Washington Post published a Page 1 story (that I wrote) about the Republican Bush administration's plans to give 908,000 4-year-olds in Head Start programs nationwide a standardized assessment to see how much they were learning.

No, Seriously: No Excuses

New York Times By PAUL TOUGH, Published: July 7, 2011
In the early days of the education-reform movement, a decade or so ago, you'd often hear from reformers a powerful rallying cry: "No excuses." For too long, they said, poverty had been used as an excuse by complacent educators and bureaucrats who refused to believe that poor students could achieve at high levels. Reform-minded school leaders took the opposite approach, insisting that students in the South Bronx should be held to the same standards as kids in Scarsdale. Amazingly enough, those high expectations often paid off, producing test results at some low-income urban schools that would impress parents in any affluent suburb.

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